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Apple Cocktail

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would share with you a cocktail recipe. I know this is the last thing a lot of people think about when they prepare for a holiday get-together, but I think a good cocktail is just as important as the rest of the meal. 
This is a simple one, you can prepare the apples a couple of days in advance and just mix in the alcohol when you are ready to serve. It’s so good, it will be a signature drink everybody will talk about. For this cocktail, apples are slowly poached with cinnamon and brown sugar. Once the apples are tender, you puree them and then pass them through a fine mesh. The results are amazing, it’s Fall in a glass. Wishing you happy holidays! 
Ingredients:

makes 4-6
2 apples, cut in half 
4 cups water 
1 small cinnamon stick 
1/2 cup brown sugar
Vodka or dark rum 
Place the water, apples, brown sugar and cinnamon on a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, cover it and cook until the apples are very tender, about 20-25 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick from the pot and puree the apples. Pass it through a fine mesh and discard the pulp. Let cool completely. Add ice to a cocktail shaker, then add 1/2 cup of apple juice with 2oz vodka or rum (per drink). Shake well and serve. 
Variation: Add 1 vanilla bean pod (scraped) to the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Remove the pod from the saucepan before pureeing. If you don’t have vanilla pods, add 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract after you cook the apples.

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